Founded in 1946, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago (EFGC) is a community-based, non-profit organization giving support, inspiration, and hope to the more than 130,000 individuals with epilepsy, as well as their families and friends, in Chicagoland and 43 counties in North and Central Illinois. In 2018, EFGC served more than 19,750 children, youth, and adults as the only regional provider of a full range of resources for people with epilepsy.
The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago if to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. The Foundation accomplishes its mission through education, counseling, casework, vocational assistance, advocacy, research, information and referral, support groups, parent groups and self-help groups.
Responsibilities include offering a comprehensive range of office and community-based services for people with epilepsy and their families including case management interventions, counseling services, and supportive programs.
Participate in client telephone intake system, including screening of incoming client calls, provision of information about epilepsy, gathering essential information about potential clients, setting up appointments, etc. This includes completing all related intake documentation.
Provide education/information about epilepsy and related topics, both to assigned clients and to others in the community who request it.
Perform assessment of client's social history, medical history, needs, strengths and preferences and other appropriate information prior to providing counseling or case management.
Formulate, with the client, an individualized Care Plan for appropriate clients, including regularly required reviews, as well as other required documentation of services provided.
Provide crisis intervention to assigned clients, as needed.
Meet regularly with clients and/or their families and significant others to discuss client's needs and preferences, and possible options for meeting them.
Refer/link clients to other EFGC programs, as necessary, including collaboration with others providing services on Care Plans and selected interventions.
Refer/link clients to appropriate external providers of services identified in the Care Plan that cannot be provided by EFGC.
Assist client in managing/coordinating care from multiple service providers.
Serve as liaison to EFGC support groups, as assigned.
Provide education/information about epilepsy, EFGC and related topics, both to individual clients and to others in the community (i.e. churches, agencies, hospitals and other groups) who request it. This may include attending Health fairs and providing School Seizure Smart presentations.
Assist in the development of support groups for Spanish speaking clients, and to serve as the liaison to such groups.
Assist in providing services to Spanish speaking clients at hospital based programs, i.e. translation services, linkage to other hospital services, epilepsy education, referral to EFGC, etc.
Assist in translation of English material into Spanish as assigned.
Provide advocacy and related information when a client requests such help due to discrimination related to is/her epilepsy.
Coordinate and implement Signature Care programs as assigned. Measure effectiveness of programs and incorporate changes as needed.
Complete regular documentation of services provided, as well as other required paperwork in a timely and efficient manner. This includes maintenance of all client case records per agency policy.
Outreach to potential referral sources in the community including, medical, other social services providers, community organizations, etc.
Become and maintain CPR and First Aid certification.
Attend and participate in all required staff meetings.
Participate in staff development activities, including internal case presentations and outside conferences/learning opportunities. Share information gathered at outside seminars with other staff.
Follow all Agency policies & procedures.
Other duties as assigned.
EFGC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or gender
Minimum Bachelors degree in human services (Masters preferred, licensed or license eligible) with related experience. We would prefer a candidate who is English/Spanish bilingual Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as demonstrated knowledge/skills needed to work successfully with persons with disabilities. Specific job assignment may involve providing services in the community and thus, would require possession of a valid driver's license, an automobile and appropriate insurance coverage. Please submit a resume and cover letter that includes how to reach you via telephone and e-mail. LPC, LCPC, LSW, LCSW and MSW considered.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include generous paid time off, health insurance including vision and dental, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and 403(b) plan
About Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago if to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.